The mission of the UNLV School of Dental Medicine goes far beyond graduating the next generation of leading dental professionals. It is centered on providing care for underserved populations and discovering advances that will improve oral health care in the future.
Each year, the school provides more than $2.6 million worth of free care and services to underserved populations through our free and reduced rate clinics. We are educating dentists who are committed to serving the needs of our changing society. Through our efforts we are discovering breakthroughs, developing stronger educators, creating future professionals and building better communities.
Thanks to the generosity of our faculty, alumni, friends and community partners much has been accomplished since our founding in 2002. Join us as we take the next step toward creating a brighter future in oral health care and an improved quality of life for all.
Every gift makes a difference.
Learn about the School of Dental Medicine programs, scholarships, and community clinics- all exceptional programs that will be enhanced by your gift.
Dean’s Associates comprise the inner-circle of supporters for dental medicine at UNLV, and are key investors in the students, faculty and programs that make the School of Dental Medicine so successful. These individuals and corporations contribute at least $1,000 annually, and permit the Dean to allocate the funds where the need is greatest.
Give online to become a Dean’s Associate for the School of Dental Medicine. Choose Dean’s Associate from the drop-down list.
Scholarships help the school attract and retain the best and brightest future dental professionals. Merit and need based scholarships are provided to deserving students to help offset the cost of their education. Annual named scholarships can be established with a minimum gift of $5,000 and named endowed scholarships can be established with a minimum gift of $30,000.
Give to general School of Dental Medicine scholarships or designate your gift to one of the scholarships below or establish a new scholarship:
- Dr. Thomas P. Nowlin Scholarship, established to honor the memory of Dr. Thomas P. Nowlin, a distinguished dental educator and Chair of the Department of Clinical Sciences UNLV School of Dental Medicine.
- Leta M. Orr Scholarship, established for outstanding students at the School of Dental Medicine.
- Bryan Artmann Memorial Scholarship, established to honor the memory of a beloved student who lost his life during his second year at the School of Dental Medicine.
Select the scholarship of your choice from the drop-down list.
Marshall Brownstein Award
To honor their mentor and friend, several of Dr. Brownstein’s former students joined together to create the Marshall Brownstein Award. Just as Dr. Brownstein fostered the development of budding dentists at SDM, this award will be used to fund student attendance at various professional and educational meetings; enhance student leadership development through conferences and trainings; and support the personal and professional development of junior faculty who aspire to make a long term career in teaching the next generation of exceptional dentists.
Please use the Give Now link below to give directly to the Marshall Brownstein Award.
Community Service Clinics
Support of our UNLV Saturday Morning Community Clinics helps provide preventive oral health care and education to underserved populations who would otherwise be unable to access quality dental services. Our faculty and students volunteer their time and talent to ensure the dental needs of our local men, women and children are met, regardless of their ability to pay.
Sgt. Clint Ferrin Memorial Clinic
Student John Ferrin started the clinic in 2007 in memory of his brother, Sgt. Clint Ferrin, to provide dental care for local veterans, who otherwise have limited or no access to care. The clinic takes place eight to nine times per year and treats approximately 50 patients per clinic. To date, free treatments have been provided to more than 500 veterans.
Saturday Morning Women’s Clinic
This clinic provides free dental care to domestic violence victims within the Las Vegas area which helps them seek employment. Patients for this clinic are temporary residents at the Shade Tree Women’s Shelter or other local shelters. Our faculty and students volunteer nine times per year and provide more than $25,000 in free care to about 80 women.
UNLV Absolute Dental Saturday Morning Children's Clinic
Initially started to offer follow-up care to underserved children who benefitted from Give Kids a Smile; the UNLV Absolute Dental Saturday Morning Children's Clinic takes place nine times per year. Each year, this clinic provides close to $200,000 in free care to children ages 5-12.
Saturday Smile Dental Clinic
The Saturday Smile Dental Clinic’s mission is to provide medical and dental care to uninsured and at-risk adolescents and homeless adults who are unable to obtain state services. Each year, our faculty and students provide dental treatment to more than 1,000 at-risk youth and 200 homeless adults.
Please select the community service clinic of your choice from the drop-down list.
Support of our community outreach initiatives helps bring preventive oral health care and education to underserved populations. Programs such as The Healthy Smiles: Oral Health Care for Parents Program provides oral health care presentations and oral hygiene workshops for parents and children at community events across the region. Together, families learn how to better take care of their teeth and how to keep them healthy through good oral hygiene and nutrition habits.
Please select community outreach from the drop-down list.
Faculty and Staff Giving
As a dedicated member of the UNLV School of Dental Medicine community, your hard work makes a difference in the lives of our students, alumni, patients and friends every day. And now, you can have an even greater impact on the School of Dental Medicine and the communities we serve by making a gift of any size to the school.
You may be wondering, “How much should I give?” Consider giving what equates to an hour or two of your time. You can calculate your contribution here.
You can designate your gift to any area that means the most to you or an area that you know needs the most support. By all of us doing a little, we can have tremendous impact.
Every so often, a donor recognizes the full potential of an organization and, acting out of incredible generosity, makes a gift that catapults that organization to the next level. A major gift to the School of Dental Medicine is an act of generosity and high regard for the well-being of others. It’s an opportunity for a donor to transform our school and, in turn, profoundly influence the lives of hundreds of students and members of our community in need.
Your support can be directed to create named scholarships, endowed professorships, new programs or improve our facilities. In recognition of your support, the school will name a space or an area in your honor.
Some examples include:
- $5,000 Named Scholarship
- $20,000 Surgical Suite/Classroom
- $30,000 Named Endowed Scholarship
- $500,000 Named Endowed Fellowship
A named gift not only enhances the school’s ability to serve our students, faculty, and the wider community, but also provides a named legacy of your generosity for the future.